YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Cover Design (Series)
I am looking for a young adult sci-fi/fantasy book cover design for the SECOND book in a series of at least four books. It’s important that the cover “pops” or stands out and catches the eye. It is SUPER important that the Amazon shopper can see the title on a thumbnail size of 90 to 125 pixels wide.
The cover for the first book is attached. For reference purposes, the “background” refers to the yellows, oranges and reds behind the beast. The “fill” refers to the image of the beast.
Specific requirements for the cover of the second book are as follows:
• The “background” should show TWILIGHT in some form – I would like it if the background imagery could be maintained at a thematic level (swirls/shades of color) replacing the oranges, yellows and reds of dawn with the blues and purples (and/or additional colors) of twilight. This would provide uniformity for the series.
• The “fill” to place against the background can be any of these options OR A VARIATION THEREOF:
a) Blazing crossed DD’s or a single DD – these are the weapons used in this book and simply put, they look like a (Star Wars) light saber, except the blade is curved like a scimitar instead of straight. A full description of the weapon is attached; OR
b) The same as option (a), except the blades are in front of the silhouette for a giant bat; OR
c) The silhouette of a person seated at the neck part of a giant bat wielding their DD, attacking the beast (from the first cover); OR
d) The same as option (c), but with two people each riding a giant bat with the beast between them, with their DD’s raised to attack: OR
e) The same as option (d), except with no DD’s and a sizzle of light like a lightning bolt going from one rider to the other and slicing through the beast (no blood, but there could be the start of smoke where the light enters the beast’s body)
For any of these options, you do NOT need to show the whole beast – you are welcome to pick a portion of the beast and just show that part, like the tail or the beak for example. You also do not have to show the bat’s whole body. Silhouettes for the beast or bats are acceptable. A full description of the beast can be provided should this be required, although I would prefer it if the cover designer at least tried to retain the broad outlines of how the beast was already portrayed on the first book’s cover.
• The imagery should make the viewer feel nervous.
• The font, positioning and shape of the title and author name (as it appears on the first book) should remain the same for the second book – the color may change to suit the new background. Regrettably, I cannot provide the font name as this was rasterized text.
• The medallion (the symbol of the series) should again be on or around or near the title of the book. A basic rendition of what the medallion should look like is attached, along with a written description thereof.
• I will need the master files and to be able to change colors and placement for future volumes and make minor adjustments for covers for sites other than Amazon.
• Image files need to be in .png format including original unflattened project files for Illustrator or Photoshop or files used in the process of creating the final image.
• I may require up to two remakes and minor revisions, and I must retain all rights to the work.
Samples of other covers I like are also attached.